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What Are Standards?

Standards are agreed upon protocols that establish interchangeability between products. Standards can come from national and international organizations. In short, standards are the reason that we have compatibility of products across manufactures. There are a variety of both national and international standards organizations. Such agencies include (but are not limited to): The International Standard Organization (ISO), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Acoustical Society of America (ASA), American Section of the International Association for Testing Materials (ASTM), and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). 


Locating Standards

What Standards Does the Roesch Library have?

The Roesch Library has a limited amount of hard copy standards. The collection includes American Welding Society and ASTM standards. You can search the library catalog and limit your search results to display only standards.  


Finding Standards Online

SAI Global - SAI Global is a very useful tool for locating information pertaining to standards.  It can be used to do broad subject searches or to find a particular standard number or standards regarding a specific subject. Although SAI Global is a great starting point, it does not provide full text access to standards. For this, you will have to search the other standards resources available at the University of Dayton.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Standards - Provides technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency across all areas of civil engineering.  

ASTM Standards - Provides full-text of standards regarding a broad range of disciplines.  

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Provides access to many standards created by the The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). This also includes some AIEE (pre-IEEE) & ANSI standards.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)Standards - Contains links to all current OSHA standards and information on the rule making process used to develop workplace health and safety standards.  


Purchasing Standards

If you are looking for other standards, you may be able to purchase them either from a vendor or the standards issuing agency. Unfortunately, standards can be extremely expensive depending upon the issuing organization. One recommended standards vendor is IHS. You can also ask for assistance from the Roesch Library staff.


A patent is a set of exclusive rights which has been granted by a sovereign state (or sometimes as intergovernmental organization). Such rights are granted to an inventor, for a limited duration, in exchange for a detailed public disclosure of such invention. Patents typically exclude others from making or offering for sale those inventions.


What Patents Does the Roesch Library Have?

Although the Roesch Library does not collect hard-copy patents they do subscribe to various electronic patent resources. Below is a list of resources which will assist you in locating patents.


Finding Patents Online

Derwent Innovations Index (Web of Science) Provides access to over 15,000,000 patents with links to cited and citing patents, cited articles, and full-text patent data sources. Divided by Chemical, Electrical and Electronic, and Engineering.

Engineering Village  - Includes many U.S. and European patents. Searches can be limited to display only patents.

United States Patent and Trademark Organization (USPTO) - Includes full text of U.S. patents and patent application information. 

European Patent Office Espacenet Patent Search - Provides full-text access of published European patents. 

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - Searches over 69 million international and national patent documents. Includes more than two million published international patent applications (PCT). 

Google Patent Search - Not particularly comprehensive but Google does provide many full-texts of patents.

LexisNexis Academic - Provides comprehensive U.S. patent data. You can limit the search results on the left side of the screen to display only patents.


Other Resources

Official Gazette - The official journal of the USPTO which is published weekly. Information includes bibliographic and  representative drawing for each patent granted or trademark published on that issue date.

USPTO General Info - Frequently asked questions and assistance from the USPTO.

Wright State University Patent and Trademark Center - WSU has a formal agreement to provide assistance to the general public in the use of patent and trademark resources provided by the USPTO. 

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